Sunday, October 17, 2010

Foyles: Video Book Awards & Foyles: Demons & Angels 31st October

Friday evening I was lucky enough to attend the Video Book Awards hosted at Foyles in conjunction with Random House, The Bookseller and The National Film and TV School.  There were four winning videos for the following books:

Blood's A Rover by James Ellroy
Hypothermia by Arnaldur Indridason
Blood Harvest by SJ Bolton
The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

The evening was a celebration for the four film makers and their crew who had come this far and it was also to hear who was the overall winner out of the four.

We viewed all four book trailers (watch them here) and then the winner was announced:

The Snowman by Jo Nesbo.  A massive congrats to the two talented film makers and their hard working crew:  Chris Moon and Yasmine al Naib.

Yasmine al Naib accepting the prize, whilst her colleague Chris Moon looks on.

I am very pleased to have been invited to this event, so thank you, Lynsey from Transworld for putting my name forward.  I had a lovely time and it was really interesting to attend this event, to see more of the marketing side of the publishing industry.  If you've not had the chance to do so, do check out the four winning book trailers.  Personally, I was all for Hypothermia or Blood Harvest to win.  And honestly, I still think one of those two should have won.  However, be that as it may, a massive congrats to two worthy winners and I look forward to seeing more of their work in the near future.


I also got the chance to chat to Neil and Jenny, two of the hardest working booksellers I know, before the event, downstairs in the kids and teens department.  Neil and Jenny, along with Sam, run the kids' department at Foyles.  Later this month, on the 31st October, they are hosting a Demons & Angels event starting at 2pm.

Authors in attendance will be:

Sarwat Chadda
Sam Enthoven 
William Hussey 
Cliff McNish 
LA Weatherley 

I got a sneak peak of the goodie bags that the audience stand the chance to win.  Sadly, my photo does not do the pretty shinies any justice but take my word for it: they are exceedingly pretty.

What I love about going into kids department at Foyles is how well they know their department and are always so keen to recommend books.  And not just the obvious choices, but really the slightly more obscure books that you may walk past without looking at them twice.

I will be attending the event on the 31st along with some other bloggy reviewers and geeky readers.  And of course, I will report back with pictures of any loot I may acquire along the way.  Stay tuned!  In the meantime, enjoy the piccies below.

The official window display outside of Foyles

Another view of the Foyles window

I love how all these books give the perfect flavour for October!

Their display in store - and I apologise for the stupid glare in this photo! I'll do better. 

I couldn't resist a photo of the white covers for the Twilight saga.  Say what you will, they look pretty!

1 comment:

Ailsa said...

Ooh, so pretty!
It sounds very interesting, I like how book trailers are becoming more and more popular. And I agree, the white covers on the Twilight books look very pretty, I hadn't seen them before.